This year the Blueprint team and a panel of 14 critics traveled to student degree shows around the country. After viewing hundreds of presentations from a diverse range of disciplines, we have compiled our findings, bringing you some of this year’s best work from the designers and architects of the future.
Here, the graduates explain each [...]
In collaboration with Lomography, Blueprint handed four Lomokino movie cameras to a bunch of handpicked creatives and gave them one theme: ‘Inside Out’. These are the results…
German architect and publisher Philipp Meuser describes Pyongyang, the North Korean psycho regime’s capital, as ‘arguably the world’s best-preserved open-air museum of socialist architecture’. This publication offers a solid armchair trip through it. Volume 1 has photographs and descriptions furnished by the official Pyongyang Foreign Publishing House, without critical comment, but Volume 2 includes critical [...]
The Design Museum marks Sir Terence Conran’s 80th birthday with a major exhibition that explores his unique impact on contemporary life in Britain. Through his own design work, and also through his entrepreneurial flair, Conran has transformed the British way of life. As well as this, his design studio and architectural [...]
This exhibition contends that while the conventional camera has constrained the photographer to look into a viewfinder and gaze out at the world, the camera-less photographer has been freed to gaze within. Shadow Catchers brings together five of the most prominent practitioners of camera-less photography: Floris Neüsuss, Pierre Cordier, Garry Fabian Miller, Susan Derges and [...]
A selection of a dozen social housing schemes (out of a total of 47) designed for the Camden Council by a coterie of in-house architects and completed in the period between 1973 to 1981, is on display at the NLA galleries on Store Street. These architects were working under the helm of Sydney Cook, who [...]
Brussels-based Office KGDVS, founded by Kersten Geers and David Van Severen, has been a long-time collaborator with photographer Bas Princen. Their latest project, the Garden Pavilion, won the Silver Lion at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Working together on and off since the start of their careers, this collaboration was in some ways an inevitability, but [...]
Last year, the New York Times (NYT) commissioned Edgar Martins to create a photo essay about American housing abandoned in the credit crunch. He produced a series called Ruins of the Second Gilded Age. After accusations of digital manipulation, the images were pulled from the NYT site. Martins has emphatically stated that ‘I never sought [...]
The Balfron Project is a large-scale photographic event to be staged on the 18th November 2010, at the eponymous New Brutalist icon in East London, a mere kilometre north of the glistening glass towers of Canary Wharf. The Balfron is the latest in Simon Terrill’s Crowd Theory projects and for the first time Terrill is [...]
For the January 2010 issue of Blueprint, our Opening Shot was provided by Chris Greenaway, a third year photography student at Winchester School of Art. Blueprint’s art director Patrick Myles set a brief asking the students to capture strange, new or critical aspects of the built environment. Presented here are the series of photographs taken by the students with an explanation of their shot.
As slideshows, audio and video clips are integrated with photography on the internet, and documentarians become more interested in the built environment, photographer David Cowlard looks at the effect this could have on the representation of architecture
The expansion of digital imagery and electronic media is transforming the world of publishing. As photographers and news organisations start [...]
Architectural photographer Richard Bryant offers his perspective of London in a photographic exhibition at Somerset House. Moving from the ‘bucolic West to the developing East’, the selection of images works its way across London, within the confines of Somerset House’s grandiose Terrace Rooms.
This particular photo essay of his native city was commissioned by a New [...]
It’s looking like the 101-year-old Oscar Niemeyer won’t get the chance to put a final flourish to his career by adding a new project, Plaza of Sovereignty, to his masterwork, Brasilia. Yet if you want a reminder of the architect’s past brilliance, then it is worth looking at a collection of new work by Italian [...]
At this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan, Blueprint’s acting editor Tim Abrahams interviewed Philippe Starck about his new furniture for Cassina. The range, entitled the Privé Collection, is designed to accommodate and facilitate sex. A slightly truncated version of the interview appears below.
Philipe Starck (Ph.S): You want me to explain it? You know, [...]